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April 12, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard
Mortgage rates are sharply lower on news of a weakening job market, with the 30-year fixed loan averaging 3.88% this week and the 15-year fixed at a record low of 3.11%, according to Freddie Mac. The average for the 30-year loan was down from 3.98% a week earlier, Freddie Mac said in its latest weekly report . The 15-year mortgage, popular with refinancers seeking to pay off their loans, was down from 3.21% a week ago. Its previous record...
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BUSINESS
October 3, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
Mortgage rates have tumbled for the third straight week, with Freddie Mac pegging the 30-year fixed loan at an average of 4.22%, down from 4.32% last week to the lowest level since June. But what good is a low rate if a lender can't process your application? A protracted government shutdown would hamper the ability of lenders to confirm borrowers' incomes and identities, as well as threatening loans that are backed by agencies such as the Federal Housing Administration. “The federal government shutdown will have a growing impact on the housing market the longer it continues,” David H. Stevens, president and chief executive of the Mortgage Bankers Assn., said in a statement Thursday.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By E. Scott Reckard
Mortgage rates edged higher early this week, with Freddie Mac's survey showing lenders offering 30-year fixed-rate loans to solid borrowers at 4.37%, up from 4.28% a week earlier. The average rate for a 15-year fixed home loan rose from 3.32% to 3.38%, according to Thursday's report , and the start rate also rose for variable-rate loans with an initial five years at a fixed rate. Analysts said a positive report on employment late last week contributed to the trend. The economy added a better-than-expected 175,000 jobs in February despite harsh weather, the government said, and figures for the two previous months each were revised upward by 25,000.
BUSINESS
September 13, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard
Mortgage rates were on hold this week near-record lows, with lenders offering the 30-year fixed-rate home loan at an average 3.55% for the second straight week, according to Freddie Mac's latest survey. The McLean, Va., mortgage finance company said the typical rate for a 15-year loan edged down to 2.85% from 2.86%. Start rates for adjustable mortgages were mixed, with loans fixed for the first five years falling from 2.75% to 2.72% and the one-year adjustable holding steady at 2.61%.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard
Fixed mortgage rates eased slightly this week, with lenders offering 30-year loans to solid borrowers at an average interest rate of 3.32%, down from 3.34% last week and near the record low, according to the latest Freddie Mac survey. The big buyer and guarantor of mortgages said in the survey , released Thursday, that the average rate for a 15-year fixed mortgage edged down to 2.66% from 2.67%. The shorter-term fixed loans have proved popular this year with homeowners refinancing to retire mortgages faster.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
Fixed mortgage rates have settled down along with fears of an abrupt end to the Federal Reserve's economic stimulus efforts, with the average 30-year home loan rate falling from 4.51% last week to 4.37% early this week, according to Freddie Mac. Freddie Mac's latest survey of what lenders are offering to solid borrowers, released Thursday morning, showed the average rate for a 15-year fixed home loan also fell, from 3.53% last week...
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